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Artists Claim To Be Out Thousands Of Dollars Due To Missing Payments Via PledgeMusic


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PledgeMusic has come under fire after a number of artists have come forward, claiming to have had trouble accessing the funds that fans paid to them using the crowdfunding service. The PledgeMusic platform has been a popular one for music artists in recent years, allowing fans to essentially crowdfund their music related projects and be rewarded with unique perks and packages.

The platform has been utilized quite frequently in the metal and rock scene as well, having been enlisted for albums from the likes of HELLYEAH, All That Remains, Failure, Sevendust and many more.

According to a new report published by Billboard.com however, numerous artists claim the service is behind on payments in the past year, with some totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Among those to go to the press with their complaints is the camp of ohGr—the industrial outfit founded by Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy fame. According to ohGr‘s camp, the platform was utilized to fund the band’s fifth full-length album “TrickS“. Initial warning signs came about during the spring of 2018 when PledgeMusic allegedly became unresponsive about issuing payments after digital files for the album were delivered.

With the band out an estimated $100,000 raised via the campaign, the group were forced to delay the physical copies of the release and instead digitally release the album in July, ultimately touring without any physical product which the funds had in part been earmarked for.

Various other bands and artists detailed similar problems with the services to the publication.  While some did eventually receive some of the funds, many are still awaiting full payment months after their campaigns completion. The company itself, who have been undergoing numerous reorganizations, commented to Billboard on the accusations, in part stating:

“We accept responsibility for the fact that we have been late on payments over the past year. PledgeMusic is working tirelessly on this issue, and we are asking our community for their continued support and patience.”

You can find more from the artists involved as well as the full statement from PledgeMusic over at Billboard.com. Despite apparent financial issues, the service has continued to take on new clients with the likes of Insane Clown Posse, Queensrÿche, Filter and more currently running campaigns for upcoming releases via the service.

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